Time to get physical

Sky Bet's Dale Tempest is back to look at some of the more unusual betting markets ahead of this weekend's Premier League games.

Last Updated: 23/02/13 at 10:51 Post Comment

Villa have been getting stuck in of late

Villa have been getting stuck in of late

Dale Tempest has been a professional footballer and now he is Sky Bet's PR guru.

The former Fulham, Huddersfield and Colchester striker knows both sides of the betting fence - he's got his finger on the pulse of the markets as both a punter and a bookmaker.

In his new column for us, he's concentrating on some of the lesser-known markets and exploring the mindset of the bookies.

This week the Premier League returns and Dale has two bets he likes the look of.

Over 45 booking points in Arsenal v Aston Villa at 6/4

There are times when you simply have to throw the stats away and simply get inside the minds of the players. When players have been humiliated you generally find you get a reaction. That can be firstly by producing a much better performance but usually by being much more physical in their approach. In the players' mind, they need to show people - the fans, the manager - that they care. This Saturday there's a match which stands out where this is likely to happen. Since humiliating cup exits to Bradford and Millwall, Villa have had a total of 13 yellow cards in their three Premier League games. There were three against West Ham, four at Everton and six against Newcastle. It seems if they are to go down they will go down fighting. Opponents Arsenal have had a bad week. Humiliated against Blackburn, they were then torn apart by a classy Bayern Munich side. They had five yellows against Bayern, going in with a similar mentality I've talked about after their Blackburn loss. Basically going 'over' in the bookings markets has to be play in this game. There's also an added bonus for punters as Martin Atkinson is officiating. He is the strictest referee in the Premier League with 3.95 per game handed out.

Draw in Norwich v Everton at 12/5

Very few people play the draw - it's usually a great result for the bookies. Punters usually want a positive result one way or the other as they side with a particular team. However, you get games where the draw is the value pick and Norwich v Everton is one such match. Norwich have drawn 11 times in the league so far this season, while Everton go one better with 12. Overall that's 23 of these sides' 52 games finishing level - a percentage of 44. You don't have to be a mathematician to know that 12/5 about the draw is a decent price. There are so many teams with a similar ability in the Premier League that I often like to choose a draw 'trixie' (a treble and three doubles). The other games I like the look of this weekend are Reading v Wigan and Fulham v Stoke, so hopefully I can gain some funds to put in the war chest for the forthcoming Cheltenham Festival!


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Dunga replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari as manager of Brazil after World Cup semi-final exit

Brazil have appointed Dunga as their new national team manager following the resignation of Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Transfer News: Real Madrid sign James Rodriguez from Monaco in £63million deal

Real Madrid have signed Colombian star James Rodriguez from Monaco in a £63million deal.

Friendly: Siem de Jong and Emmanuel Riviere score in Newcastle victory

Debutant Emmanuel Riviere was amongst the scorers as Newcastle cruised to an emotional 4-0 friendly win over Sydney FC.

Mail Box

Anyone But Rooney. Or Baines. Or Hart.

There isn't a great deal of excitement in the Mailbox regarding England's potential new captain, but we have good stuff on Gerrard's development and a one club man team...

Goodbye Patrice And Farewell Steven...

Man United fans say a fond farewell to Patrice Evra in the mailbox while there are also thoughts on Steven Gerrard's retirement from England duty. Plus, some rare cricket bantz...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property